There are some excellent herbs that are beneficial for use as a dog laxative. Dogs can suffer from constipation if they do not have the right diet and care.
As with humans, herbal remedies will offer a more gentle alternative to prescription medications. However, a dog laxative may not be required until a few checks have been carried out.
First of all, it is necessary that the dog’s diet contains enough fiber. The first course of action if a dog is constipated is to increase the amount of fiber in his food.
Also, dogs require a supply of fresh water each day to ensure that their digestive systems are functioning properly. Lastly, exercise is necessary as well for a healthy dog, and those who do not have enough may suffer from constipation.
There are some natural laxatives for dogs that you may already have at home which can be tried first. For example, milk can cause diarrhea in dogs, and it is usually best not to let them have it. However, they can be given a little to see if it will help loosen their stools a bit to bring relief.
Dogs are naturally very instinctive about what to do if they are ill. Dog owners may have noticed that their dogs will eat grass if they have a tummy upset. They know which types will make them vomit and which ones can help their digestion.
It is usually recommended that when administering herbs to dogs to do so in the form of a tincture, as the digestive system of a dog is short, and fresh and dried herbs would not be digested in time.
Herbs that are safe to give as laxatives for dogs include:
- Aloe vera. It is a natural colon cleanser and is available in the form of a gel or a juice, which makes it easy to administer. It is soothing and can reduce inflammation in the digestive tract. It is a herb with a very gentle action and is safe to use for pets.
- Cascara sagrada. A natural laxative, it causes the bowels to contract and helps it to function normally. The Native Americans were aware of its benefits and used it as a laxative for centuries. Use of the fresh herb is not recommended, and it is better administered in the form of a tincture. It is a strong herb and should only be used under the guidance of a qualified practitioner.
- Couchgrass. Can be used as an herbal dog laxative and has been used for many years to treat a number of ailments in dogs. Dogs will seek out wild-growing couchgrass themselves and chew on the leaves for the digestive benefits. It has anti-inflammatory properties, which make it soothing for the digestive tract.
If your dog is suffering from constipation, herbal remedies should only be administered when the pet’s diet and lifestyle has been assessed. If using an herb for the first time with your dog, try using only a small amount at first to assess your pet’s tolerance. If in doubt, consult with your veterinarian before administering any new herbs.